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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

Understanding Bullying and Victimization During Childhood and Adolescence: A Mixed Methods Study

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Nancy G. Guerra, Kirk R. Williams, and Shelly Sadek

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

University of California at Riverside, USA

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

English

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Self-esteem, normative beliefs, school climate, victimisation

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Research

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Policy Makers, Teachers, Researchers, School Directors.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

1 - 20 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

Quantitative and qualitative data is used to examine individual and contextual predictors of bullying and victimisation and how they vary by age and gender. Two types of survey data were collected from 2,678 elementary, middle, and high school youth attending 59 schools. Changes in both bullying and victimization were predicted across gender and age by low self-esteem and negative school climate, with normative beliefs supporting bullying predicting increases in bullying only. Findings are discussed in terms of their implications for preventive antibullying interventions in schools.

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

This document is extensively researched and provides insights into the complex relationships between self-esteem, normative beliefs, school climate and bullying and victimisation. Although some of the results could have been anticipated, others were surprising e.g the suggestion that bullying takes place because it is fun and entertaining and also related to sexuality. Suggestions for further research are also interesting A very worthy research document if a little heavy going for the reader.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

Wilsthorpe Community Schol

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